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Alexander, House Dem Surprise Billing Plot Foiled

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will not privately negotiate with House Democrats to ram through his version of legislation to solve the “surprise medical billing” issue plaguing patients across the country. As we previously reported, Capitol Hill sources said Alexander had grown frustrated with his bill’s lack of momentum and was looking to hatch a plan with House Democrats to insert his controversial version of surprise medical billing legislation into the Medicare extenders package that must pass by the end of September.

But, we have learned that Senate Republican leadership has called on Alexander to stand down.

Conservatives aren’t signing on to Alexander’s Lower Health Care Cost Act because his bill would permit the federal government to set reimbursement rates for out-of-network care providers. This so-called “benchmarking” approach would necessarily reduce the amount providers can get paid. It would literally cap their compensation to the benefit of insurance companies.

As former Congressman Dick Armey writes in the Houston Chronicle:

Allowing government bureaucrats to set prices for out-of-network health care providers across the country is a total abandonment of the free-market values that have helped create such a robust health care system in which roughly 90 percent of Americans enjoy comprehensive health care coverage and benefits. This move toward increasing regulations and growing the size of the federal government is no solution — in fact, it would only create more problems than it solves.

Government rate-setting under this benchmarking approach would ignore the fact that the cost and level of difficulty for performing health care services and treatments varies greatly by region and facility. By setting artificially lower-than-market rates for these services, doctors would essentially be short-changed for the invaluable services they provide. These losses would simply be passed on to our nation’s hospitals and emergency rooms — threatening the financial stability of rural health care facilities in particular.

With Alexander’s legislation stalled, a new lobbying effort appears to be underway making the claim that physicians are attempting to protect the surprise medical billing practice. This is fake news as most physician groups are pushing to end surprise billing through an alternative approach – one they see as fairer to doctors, patients, and hospitals.

That approach would allow third-party arbitrators to settle billing disputes between providers and insurance companies without dragging patients into the middle of it. As Armey further explains:

Fortunately, there are other solutions in Congress that take a more pragmatic approach. Instead of benchmarking, legislation like S. 1531, the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, would seek to implement an Independent Dispute Resolution process in order to eliminate surprise medical billing. That’s the same process used in Major League Baseball to settle salary disputes between players and teams.

This approach incentivizes both parties to submit a fair offer for the price of medical services, which incentives them to keep prices down so their offer is chosen. This process takes about 30 days through an online portal, and the patient is left out of the process completely. Until such a time that a final payment is determined, insurers pay providers a temporary interim payment based on the fair market value of the services provided. That provides a layer of financial security that can make all the difference to rural hospitals that operate on razor-thin profit margins.

As insurance company lobbyists and politicians in both the House and Senate get increasingly desperate, expect the attack to continue. Physician groups are not responsible for surprise medical bills. No, surprise billing was created by a flawed health insurance system that offers limited options, narrow coverage networks, and high deductibles. In other words, it is another unpleasant byproduct of ObamaCare. If Congress doesn’t have the stomach to repeal ObamaCare — and it’s obvious it does not — then it should fix surprise medical billing the right way.

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“I can’t get happy”: Tennessee man sues Popeyes for … running out of new chicken sandwich

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The company put him up to this, right? It’s a perfect PR stunt to build on the already insane amount of buzz for the product. “It’s so good we might owe you damages if we can’t sell it to you.”

Next week some undercover PR flack will hold up a Popeyes at gunpoint and demand that he be provided with 50 chicken sandwiches immediately or he’ll start executing one hostage every hour on the hour.

Since we’re on the subject of Popeyes and lawsuits, let this post serve as formal notice that I intend to sue everyone for fraud once I inevitably try this thing and it’s 10 percent as good as it was cracked up to be.

Craig Barr’s suit accuses the company of false advertising, deceptive business practices and causing him to waste “countless time driving” to and from local chains to find the sandwich.

Barr, of East Ridge, also claims he was hustled out of $25 by a man who posted a Craigslist ad claiming he could get sandwiches a restaurant was hiding in the back, suffered rim and tire damage while driving from location to location, and was humiliated when his friends laughed at him.

“I can’t get happy; I have this sandwich on my mind. I can’t think straight,” he told the Times Free Press on Thursday. “It just consumes you.”…

“It’s totally deceptive. Who runs out of chicken? It’s a big fiasco. Someone has to stand up to big corporate,” said an agitated Barr. “Everyone is captivated by these sandwiches. They’ve got everyone gassed up on them.”

Godspeed in your lonely fight against Big Chicken, Mr. Barr. Legal eagles, how much might he conceivably recover from Popeyes once news of his suit spreads and suddenly everyone is laughing at him, not just his friends?

What makes the Popeyes chicken slop better than the other chicken slop out there? The Journal tried to explain in a new story about the “chicken sandwich war” that’s erupted among Popeyes, KFC, Wendy’s, and Chick-fil-A:

Chefs in its Miami test kitchen developed a new buttermilk batter. They tracked down special flour to create its crunchy texture, according to Popeyes. The same buttery topping used for biscuits was applied to its bun.

The company had barrel-cured pickles cut thicker than those in many other chicken sandwiches, Popeyes said.

Then they stirred an aggressive social-media campaign into the mix, tweeting back at posts from Chick-fil-A. The result was diners lining up for blocks at some Popeye’s restaurants.

There’s some sort of spicy spread on there too, I believe. Supposedly it took two years to perfect the recipe; while Popeyes was busy with that, KFC was busy working on, ah, meatless chicken, in case there’s any doubt who’s going to end up winning this war.

The hype, replete with videos on YouTube of people literally fighting over the sandwich in Popeyes chains, has reportedly been worth $65 million in media value to the company. Normally you don’t see outsized buzz for a mediocre product on that scale outside of a new “Star Wars” movie. Anyone who tried it before it sold out is welcome to try to convince me in the comments that it’s worth waiting on line for. I won’t believe you, but don’t let that stop you from making the effort.

Here’s my favorite moment of the craze to date. What if the sandwich is the key to racial reconciliation in America?

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Alexander Working with House Dems to get ‘Billing’ Measure Pegged to Medicare Package

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Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is working with House Democrats to insert his controversial version of “surprise medical billing” legislation into the Medicare extenders package that must pass by the end of September, Capitol Hill sources tell RedState.

A Medicare extenders package is a bundle of small programs that require funding or updating to stabilize the program at large. They come up every year or two. Because Medicare extenders are “must-pass” legislation, some powerful politicians like to jam their bills into the package in order to avoid debate and up-or-down votes on flawed and stalled legislation.

Sources say Alexander is scheming with House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to execute the parliamentary maneuver with House Democrats to get the language of the Alexander legislation inserted into the Medicare extenders bill.

If Alexander and Pallone are successful, Conservatives in the Senate, who favor a more free-market approach to Alexander’s legislation, will be denied a clean vote on legislation to stop a practice President Donald Trump has called a “horrible injustice.”

Surprise medical billing, as David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance explains, “happens when a patient receives out-of-network care at an emergency room or hospital. The patient is later hit with the ‘surprise’ of sky-high bills for treatments and services they had assumed would be covered by insurance.”

The issue with Alexander’s Lower Health Care Costs Act is the fact that it allows the government to set reimbursement rates when insurance companies and healthcare providers have a billing or coverage dispute.

As Williams explains:

Legislation introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate would put in place a government-mandated benchmarking approach to settle payment disputes between insurers and physicians. On the surface, this may solve one problem by protecting patients from “surprise billing.” But this “solution” would merely give rise to an entirely new, and much more serious, set of problems that would seriously compromise medical care for patients nationwide.

Benchmarking would lead to government rate-setting and amount to price controls in which Washington, D.C. bureaucrats would be charged with determining and setting rates for physicians across the country. This would be a national healthcare nightmare.

Williams – and evidently a majority of Republican Senators – support a different proposal, Sen. Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) “STOP Surprise Medical Billing Act”:

Instead, Congress should work to incorporate a market-based approach into legislation that addresses surprise billing issues. Fortunately, one such approach has already been outlined in the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, S. 1531. The legislation calls for an Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) system that would empower doctors and insurers to negotiate openly, fairly, and transparently in order to resolve out-of-network payment disputes.

IDR is the only solution in Congress that has a winning track record. New York implemented a similar system back in 2015, and it has not only protected patients from “surprise billing,” but also helped increase network participation and decrease out-of-network rates and billing. All of that while keeping costs stable for care provided by emergency room doctors.

Alexander has been unwilling to negotiate with Senate Conservatives backing the IDR approach and has now turned to the Democrats to put together enough support to cram his bill in through the back door.

All parties involved should be commended for tackling the brutal practice of surprise billing. But Alexander’s bill is too friendly to insurance companies and puts the government in the driver’s seat. Alexander should sit down with Cassidy and other Conservatives to craft a plan that includes IDR.

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Rep. Mark Green Flips the Script on AOC, Suggests She Condones ICE Attack Because She Hasn’t Condemned It

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The mainstream media are hellbent on playing by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rules of engagement on all matters, and there is no better example of that than their refusal to press her into abiding by her own standards.

Such is the case with her repulsive accusations that the Republicans who haven’t explicitly denounced or otherwise condemned President Trump’s controversial tweets about The Squad from Sunday and the crowd’s “send [Rep. Ilhan Omar] back” chants during a North Carolina Trump rally this week are somehow complicit in or condoning “racism” and putting the lives of The Squad in danger.

Here are some examples of what she’s said:

Red State‘s Brandon Morse wrote about AOC’s appalling double standard on #SilenceEqualsConsent earlier this week, noting that based on her standards she condoned the recent Antifa terrorist attack on the ICE facility in Washington state. The rhetoric the deceased attacker Willem Van Spronsen used in his manifesto was eerily similar to that used by Ocasio-Cortez in her vicious verbal attacks on ICE and Border Patrol agents.

I wrote a related piece on how, going by her rules, her refusal to condemn her Squad pal Rep. Ilhan Omar’s repeated instances of anti-Semitism made her complicit in advancing the rise of anti-Semitism.

Freshman Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) also noticed Ocasio-Cortez’s hypocrisy on her #SilenceEqualsConsent rule, and took to the Twitter machine Thursday night to flip the script on her:

“We sadly have no choice but to assume she condones it.” Sounds about right.

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Police Department warning: Beware the coming of “meth-gators”

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Loretto Police Department in Tennessee posted an ominous warning on Facebook. “Don’t flush your drugs” is their message. If you thought that “Deeznutz” the attack squirrel was a wild story, how about meth-gators?

You may remember Deeznutz. Alabama police say they were warned about a man feeding his pet squirrel methamphetamines to make it an attack squirrel. The story goes that the squirrel was not tested for drugs when the man was arrested and it was released. If you think a meth-fueled rodent sounds bad, there is a more troubling development. Maybe.

Tennessee police arrested a suspected drug dealer Saturday. He was in the process of flushing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia down his toilet to get rid of the evidence.

Once police entered Perry’s home, officers found him trying to flush the meth and several items of paraphernalia down his toilet. Andy Perry was arrested after police found 12 grams of meth, 24 fluid ounces of liquid meth, and several paraphernalia items inside the house.

He was charged drug possession with intent for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence

The Loretto Police Department used its Facebook page to deliver a public service announcement after the drug bust on the dangers of contaminating the local water supply with drugs. No one wants methed-up animals.

“This Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay (sic). When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream. Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth.”

“Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do. Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama. They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way.”

It is a light-hearted kind of warning but it appeals to common sense. Water in the sewer system ends up in retention ponds as a part of the purification process. Wildlife visits the retention ponds. You see the point. I don’t know the alligator population numbers for Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River but apparently, the police do. Hence, the tongue in cheek warning. The town is five miles from the state line with Alabama.

This was a good opportunity to remind residents of proper disposal of drugs. Loretto police asked residents to just bring in drugs, including prescription medications, to the police department and they can take care of it. Many communities, like my own, have yearly or semi-yearly collection days to help with the proper disposal of drugs. Flushed pharmaceuticals can end up in the drinking water supply.

You’ve been warned. No one wants meth-gators. Drugged up rodents are bad enough – looking at you, Deeznutz. Kudos to the Loretto police for taking a serious subject and bringing some levity to it. We can all use more humor in our lives.

You can listen to Police Chief Bobby Joe Killan in an interview talking about having fun with the story.

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UAW loses yet again in Tennessee

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Back in April, we looked at the efforts by United Auto Workers (UAW) to get their foot in the door at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This was their second effort after failing in a similar effort in 2014. The union painted the company as a bunch of villains who didn’t want to allow workers to organize, but opponents of the proposal pointed out that unionization would only drive up costs and potentially wind up eliminating jobs in the long run. With politicians and celebrities weighing in on both sides, everyone expected a close vote. But now the process has ended and the result was the same. The workers voted against joining the UAW and will continue to represent themselves through an internal employee organization. (Associated Press)

Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South.

The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and concluded Friday. Preliminary results show 833 employees voted against representation and 776 voted for it, the German automaker said in a statement. VW said about 93% of the roughly 1,700 eligible employees voted.

“Our employees have spoken,” Frank Fischer, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said in the company statement.

The 883 to 776 result was pretty much the same margin we saw in 2014 when workers voted 712 to 626 against unionization.

I was down in Tennessee regularly during the 2014 campaign and spoke with a number of people on both sides of the debate. The story back then was pretty much the same as it is now. Union organizers from Detroit were going around the community and pushing for the workers to organize, claiming that would wind up getting better pay, more benefits, etc. And to be sure, dangling the prospect of getting more money in front of people’s faces is a powerful incentive, so they were able to sway plenty of workers over to their side.

Opposing them were the Right to Work folks who reminded everyone of how the UAW had priced themselves out of business so often in Detroit, with employers regularly either cutting back on the workforce or shutting down entirely when things got tight. All of those sky-high wages and endless pensions succeeded in making the business unprofitable, and an employer with a closed plant provides no jobs at all. The same model could eventually wind up unfolding in Chattanooga if the workers weren’t careful.

As far as painting VW as being the “villains” in this, that’s simply dishonest. From the beginning, they’ve said that they would leave the decision up to the workers. Whether they wanted to unionize or maintain an internal employee association didn’t matter. VW just wanted some sort of official representation structure they could deal with. Pretending that they’re out there trying to break up the unions is just false.

The spread changed from slightly less than 100 to slightly more than 100 over the past five years, but that can be accounted for by the somewhat larger number of workers. It appears that the battle lines haven’t moved much in half a decade and they likely won’t in the near future. For now, the VW workers can just keep on keeping on, though I’m sure the UAW will be back to try their luck again.

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WOW – You’ll Won’t Believe Luke Perry’s Final Wish for Burial. He Certainly Wasn’t a Kardashian

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From all I’ve ever heard or read, actor Luke Perry was a very nice, normal, down-to-earth guy.

In fact, as it turns out, he was very earthy — but in a not-so-normal way.

At least, that is, when it comes to his environmentally-friendly burial plans.

According to an Instagram entry by Luke’s 18-year-old daughter, Sophie, Beverly Hills 90210’s Dylan wasn’t interred by way of a casket. Rather, he was placed in a mushroom burial suit.

On Saturday, Sophie posted the following:

“In December I went to San Francisco with two of my best friends. One of them, had never never been to California, so we went to show him the Redwoods. I took this picture while we were there, because i thought, ‘damn, those mushrooms are beautiful.’ Now, mushrooms hold an entirely new meaning for me. Any explanation i give will not do justice to the genius that is the mushroom burial suit, but it is essentially an eco friendly burial option via mushrooms. All i can say is that you should all look into them at coeio.com or just by googling ‘mushroom burial suit’ . My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him. He was buried in this suit, one of his final wishes. They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you.”

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Fox News reports:

Perry, who was buried in the suit instead of a traditional casket, was laid to rest in Tennessee on March 11, E! News reported at the time.

The burial suit by Coeio — a “green burial company” — costs $1500 and help the deceased “return [their] body to the earth without harming the environment.”

The black-cloak Infinity Burial Suit — complete with a hood and face covering that looks like something used in fencing — can be see via this link.

The site claims the getup does the following:

  • Cleanses the body and soil of toxins that would otherwise seep into the environment
  • Delivers nutrients from body to surrounding plant roots efficiently
  • Restarts life around the body faster than normal

Jae Rhim Lee — company founder — explained her vision in a Ted Talk, which can be seen at the bottom of this article:

“The (Decompi)culture Society shares a vision of a cultural shift, from our current culture of death-denial and body preservation, to one of (decompi)culture — a radical acceptance of death and decomposition. Accepting death means that we are physical beings who are intimately connected to the environment, as the research on environmental toxins confirms. As the saying goes, we came from dust and we’ll return to dust. And once we understand that we’re connected to the environment, we see that the survival of our species depends on the survival of the planet. I believe this is the beginning of true environmental responsibility.”

And also:

“For every person who uses the Infinity Burial Suit, there will be many more who witness the choice to return to the earth and to use one’s body in a beneficial way.”

The company offers an informative video on its site.

It ain’t exactly the presumed final step for the average Hollywood star.

To me personally, the whole idea is just gross and a whole lot of other words I won’t take time to use here. But it does reaffirm something — Luke Perry was a long way from a Kardashian. He was an unassuming guy who didn’t consider himself better than anyone else.

And for that, I say, I’m glad you were a part of Hollywood, Luke.

What are your thoughts on the suit? I look forward to hearing from you in the Comments section.

-Alex

 

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WATCH: Sen. Tillis Makes Hilarious Point About Chicken Choices in Slamming Unhinged Rep. Cohen’s KFC Stunt

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As my Red State colleague Bonchie wrote yesterday, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9) thought he’d get cute by bringing a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken to a House Judiciary hearing yesterday in retaliation for Attorney General William Barr’s refusal to comply with House Democrats and their dog and pony show.

The obvious point during the “hearing” was to insinuate Barr was a “chicken.” Cohen later referred to Barr as “Chicken Barr” during interviews.

In response, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to slam Cohen’s stunt for the political theater that it was. He also questioned Cohen’s choice of KFC (bolded emphasis added):

“What this really boils down to is theater, some of it almost to the level of comedy. Let me give you an example of what I mean. There was a House hearing today. I’m about to put up a picture that actually was on CSPAN, that actually occurred in a house hearing,” Tillis said as part of his floor speech.

“You tell me whether or not the chair of this committee is actually serious about this subject when you’ve got a guy eating fried chicken in place of where they wanted Attorney General Barr to be.

“This guy didn’t have even have good enough sense to have Bojangles’ chicken.

“They’ve got, the chair and others, letting him have that kind of theater in a House committee room. Really? Can you honestly say you’re serious about this or is this like a circus and a political tool because you lost? You wanted the president to be guilty. You wanted to prove he obstructed. I get that. A lot of it was a political exercise.”

Watch Tillis’s speech below:

As I’ve written before, Bojangles is just pure delicious southern fried chicken goodness.

Cohen, in not bringing a Bojangles family variety feast box instead of a KFC bucket definitively proved he was not worth listening to (not that he had been before that, anyway).

Heh.

According to McClatchy: “There is a Bojangles’ in the bottom of Union Station, abut a mile from the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Bojangles, to their credit, responded with a bipartisan invitation for both Tillis and Cohen:

A fried chicken summit! I’m down with that. Just make sure not to forget the sweet tea.

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An Infant is Murdered by a Man Deported 5 Times – the Latest Casualty as Our Leaders Continue to Fail Us

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Here’s one reason to have a secure border.

Carlos Zuniga Aviles is a 33-year-old Honduran national.

Earlier this month in Memphis, he found out his “son” wasn’t actually his. Subsequently, he beat the 4-month-old to death.

From the New York Post:

The infant, Alexander Lizondro-Chacon, was pronounced dead at a hospital from blunt force trauma to the head after his mother, Mercy Lizondro-Chacon, called police April 12 to report that the boy was having trouble breathing, according to an affidavit of complaint obtained by the Commercial Appeal.

The baby had pneumonia in addition to a fractured skull and rib.

Carlos confessed to striking the infant multiple times in the head as he raged over news of paternity.

The death was ruled a homicide.

But Carlos is just unlucky:

If only he’d caught the boy 4 months earlier, he could’ve murdered him legally in the state of New York (here and here).

In California last June, a couple who beat their unborn baby to death were looking at the possibility of no charges filed (here).

And in Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam and Del. Kathy Tran wouldn’t mind, had Carlos killed the living, breathing baby less than 150 days earlier (here).

But in Tennessee, the killer’s been charged with first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child abuse.

He’ll return to court Wednesday, and returning is something he’s quite good at: Prior to brutally murdering an infant, Carlos — who’s in the country illegally — has been deported FIVE TIMES.

More from the Post:

ICE officials have since filed an immigration detainer against Zuniga-Aviles, who was initially deported to Honduras in February 2010. He was also returned to the Central American country in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

“ICE will seek to take him into custody to reinstate his removal order following the resolution of the criminal charges he currently faces,” the statement reads. “Mr. Zuniga-Aviles has been removed from the US five prior times: his most recent removal by ICE to Honduras took place in December 2016.”

Meanwhile, to Kirsten Gillibrand, a non-porous border is racist (here). And to late-term abortion supporter Nancy Pelosi, a wall is an immorality (here). Except, that is, when it surrounds her own house (here).

What about the “house” of our nation? We’ve got some cleaning to do. As our culture turns on the most innocent among us, how wrong can Carlos’s crime be? And if a porous border is fine, what’s the big deal? In the scope of where we’ve been and where we’re going, it may be said that Carlos is a victim of circumstance. Perhaps he was only slightly ahead of his time.

Regardless, our leaders have failed us, in a number of ways. And in this case, their lack of securing the country was a deadly mistake. And a 4-month-old infant paid the price.

-Alex

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: hereherehereherehere, and here.

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Moving Forward From New York’s Infant Murder Law: Teenage Parents In New Jersey Slay Their Baby, Throw Him In A Dumpster

WATCH: Angry Abortion Customer Breaks Elderly Pro-Life Counselor’s Leg & Injures Her Head, Highlighting A Growing Cultural Cancer

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Brutal Subway Attack On Elderly Woman Reveals Something Very Wrong With America

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UAW still trying to get into Volkswagen in Chattanooga

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I spent quite a while down in Chattanooga, Tennessee a few years back, part of it interviewing people from United Auto Workers (UAW) and workers at the Volkswagen plant there as they battled their way through the unionization process. That eventually failed, with the employees voting to go with an internal employee representation and bargaining structure. Needless to say, the union wasn’t thrilled with that outcome, but in a right to work state like Tennessee, you win some and you lose some, right?

Not so fast. The UAW is mounting another effort to unionize the employees there. But this time, they’re doing it during a rather disadvantageous news cycle. The UAW has gotten themselves into a considerable bit of trouble with the courts over corruption allegations, and a union watchdog is running ads in the area reminding everyone (particularly the workers at the plant) just where their dues money would be going if they sign on with the UAW. (Free Beacon)

A labor watchdog is making the United Auto Workers’ bribery scandal the centerpiece of its campaign urging workers to reject unionization.

The UAW is attempting to gain a foothold in right-to-work Tennessee, pushing to organize a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga that rejected a previous union vote. The election will take place just weeks after a top union official pleaded guilty for his role in a bribery scandal at Chrysler. The Center for Union Facts has made it a priority to inform workers of corruption ahead of the vote, taking out full-page ads in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Wednesday.

“Think the UAW has workers’ best interests in mind?” the ad says. “Multiple union officials pleaded guilty in a scheme to enrich themselves with worker training funds. The union has paid more than $1.5 million of members’ dues to defend itself in the investigation.”

The Justice Department has been pursuing corruption and bribery charges against the UAW for a couple of years now. Most famously, former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell pleaded guilty to taking expensive vacations on Chrysler’s dime when he was supposed to be negotiating against them. The amount of dues money they flushed into legal defense efforts and fines doesn’t seem to have been spent directly on the welfare of the union members. Add that to the amount they spend on politics and it’s not hard to see how the workers might feel they could cut a better deal on their own.

Through all of this, I will freely admit that Volkswagen has been about as fair and impartial as they could be. They’re coming from a very European mindset and they never seemed to particularly care if there was a union in the house or if the workers wanted to organize their own representation plan. They just wanted some employee official to talk to when negotiating things like salaries, benefits, and working conditions. By all accounts, they already have that in place now.

Will this scandalous information about the UAW resonate with the workers and keep them out of the UAW’s clutches? The auto workers down there seem like a pretty independent-minded group, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this unionization effort goes in the same direction as the last one.

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